Things to do in London this Friday

It's time to clock off, wind down and get your weekend on. Here's our pick of the best places to sate that Friday feeling

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Fantastic ideas for things to do on a Friday, just in case you've left it to the last minute, plus the best entertainment, nightlife and events happening in London this Friday. The weekend starts here...

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Carnival del Kerb

  • Free

They already own the street food scene in King's Cross, the City and the South Bank, so it's about time Kerb brought their tasty, tasty party further south of the river. The Carnival del Kerb will fill Elephant and Castle's new outdoor arts playground The Paperworks with some seriously hot street food traders every Friday evening. Hot in more ways than one, that is, because the line-up is kept as spicy as possible to help froth up the carnival atmosphere.

  1. The Paperworks 48-50 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR
  2. Fri Aug 29 - Fri Sep 12
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Natural History Museum Late

A monthly late opening of the museum and temporary exhibitions, with free entry to the Central Hall and Images of Nature gallery, changing discussions on timely themes, open-mic performances by up-and-coming musicians throughout the evening, and British farmers’-market-style food and drink in the pop-up restaurant.

  1. Natural History Museum Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
  2. Fri Aug 29 - Fri Oct 31
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Little Creatures Family Festival

This long weekend of fun aimed at younger visitors to the zoo is celebrating a very special centenary in 2014. A black bear called Winnie moved in 100 years ago this year, so the family festival will include events, activities and an exhibition themed around AA Milne's 'Winnie the Pooh' books, which were inspired by his visits with his son Christopher Robin to see the real-life Winnie. Children are encouraged to take their own favourite (stuffed) bears along and join the Teddy Bears' Picnic.

  1. London Zoo Outer Circle, Regent's Park, NW1 4RY
  2. Fri Aug 29 - Sun Aug 31
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Dance, Dazzle and Draw

Enjoy some entertainment at the Cartoon Museum to celebrate the centenary of World War I, with all sorts of 1914-styled shenanigans on offer. Wartime cocktails will be available to give you the confidence to try vintage dance moves – including the turkey trot and grizzly bear – to ragtime tunes. Or,  if you'd rather leave it to the experts, catch dance troupe Hot Jazz Rag performing live. 

  1. Cartoon Museum 35 Little Russell St, WC1A 2HH
  2. Fri Aug 29
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For The Love Of Mic

A rap night with a sense of fun. Expect everything from Mos Def to Betty Boo as DJs Lexicon and Goldbars play a music policy of 'If there's a rap on it, we'll play it'. Think party hip hop, G-funk, early '90s rave, R&B, garage, grime and loads of pop featuring tenuous cameos by MCs with Hennessy bills to pay.

  1. Concrete The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
  2. Fri Aug 29 - Sat Aug 30
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